As police launch the annual winter drink drive operation, they are asking the public to pause for a moment.

Superintendent Gary Busch explains: “Last year, we asked road users to consider the impact of being detected drink or drug driving. This year, our request is more direct.

“We are asking the public to pause for a second. Whether people are at home, work or out enjoying themselves. Take one second to think about a relative a friend or a colleague. Now imagine never seeing them again.

“This is the very stark reality facing too many members of our community as we head into the festive season. There are families across Northern Ireland mourning the loss of loved ones. Loved ones who have been killed as the result of someone’s selfish decision to drive after drinking or taking drugs.